McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Digital technology, patient-centred care and hometown roots important to new medical grads

Published: May 21, 2013

498 students graduate from health sciences programs on May 24

The range of backgrounds and future plans of new physicians is shown by three students graduating from McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine on Friday, May 24.

Stephen Hawrylyshyn will cross the stage twice at the Faculty of Health Sciences' convocation. He will walk across the Hamilton Place stage once to receive his medical degree, then shake hands a second time while receiving a Master of Science degree in eHealth

Pinhas Ephrat laughs while remembering being tagged as "the guy who likes to talk to patients" while spending time as a medical student in the intensive care unit at a Niagara region hospital. He likes that distinction, and it's one he says he will continue to wear proudly as a rural family doctor in the Niagara area in the future.

Kitchener-Waterloo native Colin Yardley was in Grade 9 when he read in the newspaper about plans to build a Waterloo campus of McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. He thought it would be "pretty neat if I ended up there". He's now graduating and will be taking his family medicine residency at the same campus.

Matthew Tenenbaum, valedictorian for the Oath Ceremony, would like to become involved in high-end decision-making, such as taking on the role of a health administrator, or becoming a politician. He will stay in Hamilton for  residency training in public health and preventive medicine, including family medicine.

They are among the 204 new physicians graduating from the medical school. The Faculty of Health Sciences convocation will see 498 graduates from programs including midwifery, Bachelor of Health Sciences, and several graduate programs cross the stage.

Also at the convocation, Elaine Carty, a nurse, midwife and one of Canada's leading pioneers on women's health issues, will receive an honorary Doctor of Sciences degree.  The founding director of the midwifery program at the University of British Columbia helped introduce midwifery into the Canadian health care system.

Two winners of the University president's awards will also be given accolades at the convocation ceremony. Bruce Wainman, director of the Education Program in Anatomy and associate professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will receive a President's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning, and Bachelor of Health Sciences student Lauren Salci will receive a President's Award of Excellence in Student Leadership.

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